Pacific Ethanol looks at Lignol for carbon reductions

May 25, 2010   by PLANT STAFF

Processing equipment at Lignol’s pilot plant in Burnaby, BC.

Photo: Lignol

VANCOUVER: Lignol Energy Corp. is working with a US marketer and producer of ethanol to evaluate the potential benefits of integrating its cellulosic ethanol biorefinery technology with existing corn ethanol facilities.


Vancouver-based Lignol, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pacific Ethanol Inc., an ethanol producer based in Sacramento, Calif. that wants to reduce the carbon intensity of its fuel by integrating cellulose ethanol into existing operations. Two of its five plants are in California.

Pacific Ethanol noted the abundance of the woody biomass used to make cellulose ethanol near its production locations and California’s greenhouse gas regulations make it ideally located for Lignol’s biorefineries. It believes leveraging existing infrastructure, logistics, staffing and partnerships with Lignol’s proprietary technology will result in significant capital and operating cost advantages.

“By integrating cellulose ethanol production into existing operations, we can lower our carbon footprint, diversify our feedstock, and meet the future demand for advanced biofuels as required by the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard. Our work with Lignol will help advance their technology and take us nearer to our goal of producing and marketing ethanol from a variety of feedstocks,” said Neil Koehler, Pacific Ethanol’s CEO.

Lignol says the co-hosting deal will help it to “significantly improve” the timelines for its start-up of biorefinery operations.

The company claims its technology uses significantly less water and energy than other technologies to produce cellulosic ethanol and co-products from agricultural residues and forest products.

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